Prather’s Pick: A book about overcoming stress
In her years of ministry, Joyce Meyer has written more than 100 inspirational books with titles such as “Look Great, Feel Great” and “Me and My Big Mouth!” According t the brief biography in this week’s book, she is “one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers.”
Meyer also travels to conferences during the year where she is a speaker and hosts a daily broadcast, “Enjoying Everyday Life,” aired on television and radio.
So this week’s column features her most recent (2016) book, “Overload: How to Unplug, Unwind, and Unleash Yourself from the Pressure of Stress.”
According to Meyer, overload is “when the burdens of everyday life are overwhelming.” It causes stress, something Meyer knows all too well herself. However, it is also something that she has learned to overcome, and she shares what she has learned with the reader.
I the 15 chapters of the book, Meyer deals with the effects of stress on the body and ways that people can de-stress. The chapters, with titles such as “Laugh, Laugh, and Laugh Some More” and “Facing Stress Head-on!” include true stories from Meyer’s life and the lives of others and ways to deal with stress in practical and spiritual ways. Also included are inspiring thoughts of the “Bible.”
Most of the chapters end with “Things to Remember,” summaries of information included within the chapters, and tips for de-stressing.
Some of the pages between chapters have “Did You Know?” facts about stress. For example, did you know that body cells can shrink when exposed to stress hormones and disconnect from one another, thus contributing to depression? The reader learns about the stress hormones, too, and a lot more!
An example of the book’s chapters is Chapter 8 that deals with the medical benefits of laughter (such as energizing your body organs and boosting the immune system). Then Meyer suggests ways to laugh on purpose.
Have you ever gone to the greeting card rack in a store purposely to look at funny birthday cards? Do you hang around funny and encouraging people? Do you laugh at yourself? Meyer shares a personal experience when she went to get a massage and lost her pants while she was there. She had to get another pair from the gift shop.
Throughout the book, Meyer lists ways to de-stress. They can be as simple as drinking more water, taking a nap, cutting back on caffeine, playing with the dog (or your neighbor’s dog), turning off your electronic devise for an hour, and a whole lot more!
This book is loaded with useful and spiritual information. The book is published by Faith Words. You can purchase it for $22 in hardcover or find it with the new books at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Library.
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